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Heritage Lecture: Shaughnessy’s Backstory
September 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$15
A century ago, Shaughnessy Heights was Western Canada’s premier residential address, an exclusive single-family area that wanted to separate from Vancouver in order to ensure control over its future but settled for provincial legislation to keep out unwanted types of buildings and people. This lecture traces the challenges residents faced, resisting shops, schools, churches and frat houses as the economy seesawed between boom, bust, and wartime housing shortages. Innovative zoning changes in the 1980s allowed some of the mansions to convert to strata and infill their grounds in return for heritage conservation, but a wave of wealthy buyers in the 21st century wanted new, single-family homes – essentially taking the neighbourhood back to its roots a century earlier and prompting the City to establish its first Heritage Conservation Area there in 2016. Author Michael Kluckner explores the question of whether property rights is the true heritage of the area for its owners, trumping the heritage architecture and landscaping that give the area its value to the rest of the city.
Net proceeds from this lecture benefit the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation and Vancouver Heritage Foundation.
$10 -UWCV Members
$15 – Non-Members